Kimberley Mangun joined the University of Utah Department of Communication in fall 2006 as an assistant professor after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in 2005. She teaches intermediate reporting as well as conceptual classes on journalism history, alternative media, and diversity.
Before pursuing her graduate degree, Dr. Mangun had a long career as a managing editor for alternative media in San Diego; Santa Cruz, California; and Eugene, Oregon. She also published an outdoor recreation magazine in Oregon. In addition, Dr. Mangun has done public relations and newsletters for major companies such as Plantronics, Inc., and considerable freelance writing for newspapers and magazines.
Dr. Mangun studies the African American press and women in journalism history, subjects she became interested in while in graduate school. Her award-winning dissertation examined the career of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, an editor and publisher who advocated for civil rights in Portland, Oregon, from 1912 until 1936. Dr. Mangun’s book about Cannady will be published by Oregon State University Press in April 2010, and her research on this forgotten journalist was used as the basis for an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary that premiered in May 2007. Dr. Mangun’s research has been published in American Journalism, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, African American National Biography, BlackPast.org, and other print and online publications.